Fair Housing Act
Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (Fair Housing Act), as amended, prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of dwellings, and in other housing-related transactions, on the basis of disability, or race, color, national origin, religion, sex or familial status. The Fair Housing Act also establishes certain design and construction requirements for multifamily dwellings consisting of four or more units constructed after March 13, 1991.
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Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act prohibits discrimination based on disability in any program or activity that receives federal funds. For recipients of federal housing (HUD) funds, this includes the requirement that in new construction and substantial alterations at least 5% of the housing units be accessible to people with mobility impairments and at least 2% of the housing units be accessible to people with vision or hearing impairments. Section 504 also requires recipients to make reasonable accommodations, including structural changes, to enable access to housing for people with disabilities.
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Americans with Disabilities Act
Title II of the ADA prohibits discrimination based on disability in any programs, services and activities of public entities, including state and local public housing and housing assistance.
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Architectural Barriers Act
The Architectural Barriers Act of 1968 requires that buildings and facilities designed, constructed, altered or leased with federal funds after September 1969 be accessible by people with disabilities.
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State and Local Laws
Many states have laws that address discrimination in housing. To see if your state has fair housing laws, click here.
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